3/24 Quick hits

Here’s the lineup for Tuesday’s game vs. Rockies at HoHoKam: LF Alfonso Soriano, SS Ryan Theriot, 1B Derrek Lee, RF Milton Bradley, 3B Aramis Ramirez, CF Reed Johnson, C Geovany Soto, 2B Aaron Miles, P Chad Gaudin.

Early notes:

  • Ted Lilly threw a simulated game on the backfield at 8:30 a.m., and will be slotted into the rotation to follow Ryan Dempster. Rich Harden is on track to start in a Minor League game Wednesday at Fitch Park.
  • Kosuke Fukudome will make his first Cubs appearance Thursday night in Scottsdale vs. the Giants. Fukudome and Team Japan won the World Baseball Classic on Monday.
  • Jake Fox and Sam Fuld were trimmed from the roster — expect more cuts later Tuesday.
  • Lou Piniella says all roster decisions will be made before the team goes to New York for the two games against the Yankees, April 3-4.

— Carrie Muskat


Just a touch later notes:

The City of Mesa is stepping up to the plate to try and keep the Cubs happy, what with a number of shiny new complexes popping up in the Phoenix area. Among the suggestions for additions are, a new thermostat for the hot tub at the Dobson Ranch Inn which has been scalding. All Mesa gas stations will now prominently display a Cub logo. Lou’s Hohokam office will now be stocked with Butchers diagrams and scimitars for future roster “trimmings”.

A change in sponsorship on the out field doors at Wrigley will lead to 2 new slogans being displayed. “Home of the *******” on the right field door and “$5 footlongs” on the other.

Carl Spangler has been hired as Fitch Park assistant head groundskeeper in charge of varmits. Field 1 (the one they call Wrigley) has had a nasty infestation of yersinia pestis.

The concession stands at Wrigley will sell only Skim Milk as Vitamin D has been shown to ward off Rickets.

You blanked out *******?

Boy someone hates Burger King.

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